Chapter . Introduction


We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.

 --T. S. Eliot

Well, that was easy. After the “two steps forward, one step back” development process of Windows Vista, after the interminable Vista beta releases, and after the hype and hoopla that accompanied the Vista release, Windows 7 seemed to arrive on our digital doorsteps fully formed, like a kind of electronic Athena from the skull of some programming Zeus (or something like that).

The development and release of Microsoft’s latest bouncing-baby operating system was nothing like its older sibling, but does that mean that Windows 7 itself is nothing like Windows Vista? Actually, ...

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